Makkah terror arrests follow security raid by Saudi Arabian forces

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Several people have been held over alleged terror links following a raid by Saudi security forces on an apartment building in Makkah.
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Several people have been held over alleged terror links following a raid by Saudi security forces on an apartment building in Makkah.
Updated 22 May 2018
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Makkah terror arrests follow security raid by Saudi Arabian forces

JEDDAH: Several people have been held over alleged terror links following a raid by Saudi security forces on an apartment building in Makkah, only a few kilometers from the city’s Grand Mosque.
Security forces raided an apartment rented to a number of nationalities in Makkah’s Azizia district early on Tuesday and made several arrests.
Sources told Arab News that security forces surrounded a residential building and instructed the building’s guard to remain in his room before carrying out the raid.
Local residents were unaware of the presence of security forces and no shots were fired during the raid, sources said.
State security is expected to make a statement after initial investigations are carried out.
Sources said the residential apartments had been rented to a variety of nationalities for the month of Ramadan.


UAE body lauds Saudi Arabia’s efforts at enhancing security

Updated 17 January 2019
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UAE body lauds Saudi Arabia’s efforts at enhancing security

  • “The Kingdom acts as a safety net for the Arab and Islamic worlds,” says Federal National Council chair

JEDDAH: A prominent member of the UAE Federal National Council (FNC) has praised the Kingdom’s efforts at enhancing security and development.

Amal Al-Qubaisi, FNC chairperson and speaker, met with members of the Saudi Shoura Council during a delegation visit to the UAE headed by Ahmed Al-Ghamdi, deputy chairman of the Saudi-Emirati Parliamentary Friendship Committee.

Al-Qubaisi reiterated that unity on various regional and international issues enhances security and stability.

“The Kingdom acts as a safety net for the Arab and Islamic worlds,” she said during a meeting at the FNC headquarters in Abu Dhabi. “King Salman is a father figure to both the Saudi and Emirati people.”

Al-Qubaisi said Saudi-Emirati strategic relations are reflected in coordination efforts between the Shoura Council and the FNC and commended the work of Shoura Council Chairman Abdullah Al-Asheikh.

Al-Ghamdi said strong fraternal relations between the two countries would strengthen regional unity and counter foreign actors attempting to sow the seeds of discord.

He also reiterated that the two nations share a common history, lineage and culture.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed ways that the council and FNC could enhance parliamentary relations.

The delegation also met with the Gulf Cooperation Council Parliamentary Friendship Group, which was headed by Mohammed Al-Ameri, chairman of the FNC Defense, Interior and Foreign Affairs Committee. FNC Secretary-General Ahmed Al-Dhaheri was also present at the meeting.

Delegation members also partially attended a regular FNC session, in which they got a glimpse into the council’s day-to-day operations.